Player of the Match
Player of the Match

The end of a highly entertaining game. India have gone up 2-0, and though the margin of victory - 58 runs - may indicate they won convincingly, New Zealand gave them a serious scare. Ryder and McCullum started off superbly , adding 166 in pretty quick time.

India were poor in the field to start with, dropping the openers and conceding quite a few runs by way of misfields and overthrows. However, Raina sparked somewhat of a revival after running out McCullum and Yuvraj followed suit, getting rid of Ross Taylor.

New Zealand lost eight wickets for 95 runs and that lost the match for them. There was superb resistance towards the end and it seemed at one point that Mills and Southee could make the Indians pay for letting it slip after they had been in command throughout the middle overs.

However, the visitors were just one wicket away from sealing a win, and once Mills was gone, so was the match for the home team. A competitive game nevertheless, and India have ensured they can't lose this series from here on.

McCullum: "We didn't bowl well enough. It was amazing batting from the Indians, but from our point of view we weren't accurate enough. I did enjoy the opportunity of captaining my side, but unfortunately we weren't good enough. The fact that Butler was injured halfway through the spell and that Oram wasn't able to finish his spell did affect us. A good opening stand was the only chance we had, but despite the slide later on, I'm proud of the way we played."

Dhoni: "It's disappointing we dropped those catches early on, the bowling was simply not up to the mark. It was a pleasure to watch Sachin, and Yuvraj, once he gets going, it's hard to stop him, especially on such grounds. Our batting is our strength, and if you post a big total you can put any side under pressure even if you are playing with four bowlers. We were worried about the scares during the opening stand and the late resistance, but it was all a matter of getting wickets which we managed to do"

Sachin Tendulkar is the Man of the Match: "I started off well in Wellington and was able to carry that form into this one. I haven't played as many ODIs in New Zealand as a result of injury, and it feels great to have scored my first century here. The pitch was excellent, so was the ground. You need to get used to the dimensions here and bat accordingly."

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Kumar to Southee, OUT, short of a length on middle, tries to pull it away, gets a top edge and Praveen takes a comfortable catch running forward

TG Southee c & b Kumar 32 (36m 20b 3x4 2x6) SR: 160.00

Praveen Kumar to bowl to Southee

45 | 12 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 334/9 (59 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.42, RRR: 11.80)

  • TG Southee32 (19b)
  • YK Pathan0.4-0-1-1
  • P Kumar8-0-60-0

Zaheer's reaction was a mixture of both relief and frustration there, India should have closed this shut a while back but Mills has done superbly to get his team this far

Pathan to Mills, OUT, gone! The Indians are relieved, fullish delivery outside leg stump and he paddles it straight to Zaheer at short fine who takes a sharp, well judged catch

KD Mills c Khan b Pathan 54 (55m 32b 6x4 3x6) SR: 168.75

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

1st166BB McCullumJD Ryder
2nd13LRPL TaylorJD Ryder
3rd3JD RyderMJ Guptill
4th6GD ElliottJD Ryder
5th15GD ElliottJDP Oram
6th14GD ElliottPD McGlashan
7th1IG ButlerPD McGlashan
8th33KD MillsIG Butler
9th83KD MillsTG Southee
10th0JS PatelTG Southee